As part of its
ongoing investment in the E-Jets program, Embraer has rolled out the first
production E175 that features new wingtips designed to reduce fuel burn. The wingtips are the most visible elements of
a package of improvements to reduce fuel consumption and noise that has been
progressively introduced since last year.
The package includes aerodynamic streamlining of the fuselage and
optimization of several systems.
The modified E175 recorded impressive
results during several months of performance trials. Fuel consumption on a typical flight is 6.4%
lower than the original E175, exceeding earlier-reported savings of up to 5%.
In addition to
the modifications to reduce fuel burn, other improvements to the current generation of E-Jets include longer
maintenance intervals, increased productivity and lower maintenance costs. These improvements
ensure that the airplane will remain competitive until the second generation of
the jet, the E175-E2, goes into operation in 2020 when it will offer even greater
The first production E175 with the
complete package of modifications will fly in the colours of United Express and
be delivered in the coming weeks.